The results of the early general elections held in Israel on 23 March indicate that the country may be the scene of a new coalition crisis.
The Israeli Central Election Commission completed the vote count of the election held on Tuesday and shared the results with the public.
According to the data published by the commission, the Likud Party, led by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, sent 30 deputies to the 120-seat parliament and completed the election ahead.
The Yesh Atid (Future Exists) Party, led by Netanyahu’s rival Yair Lapid, elected 17 MPs. The Chas Party, representing the ultra-Orthodox Jews, came in third with 9 seats.
Blue-White 8, the party of Defense Minister Benny Gantz, Yamina led by Naftali Bennett, and our Israel Home, Labor Party and the United Torah Party each took out seven MPs.
The Joint Arab List Bloc, formed by 3 parties representing Israeli Palestinians, New Hope led by Gideon Saar, Meretz in the left bloc and the Religious Zionism Party, which stands out with its far-right views, entered the Parliament with six members each.
The other entity representing Palestinians, Israeli citizens, managed to get 4 members of parliament on the United Arab List (Ra’am).
PARTIES CLOSE TO NETANYAHU COULD NOT REACH THE NUMBER TO ESTABLISH A COALITION
In addition to Likud, the total number of seats of Shas, United Torah, Yamina and Religious Zionism, which was expected to support the formation of a coalition government under the leadership of Netanyahu, remained at 59, and did not reach the 61 deputies required to establish the coalition.
On the other hand, although the number of seats of anti-Netanyahu parties seems sufficient to form a coalition, there are many obstacles to this possibility.
The main obstacles are the uncertainty about who will be the prime minister and the refusal of other opposition parties to join the coalition government, which will include the Joint Arab List Bloc and Ra’am, which represents the Palestinians who are Israeli citizens.
It is commented that the possibility of Shaas, United Torah and Religious Zionism leaving the Netanyahu front and forming a coalition with other parties is low.
Therefore, the opponents of Netanyahu, The Future Is, Blue-White, Labor Party, Our House of Israel, New Hope and Meretz parties need to get the support of the Joint Arab List Bloc or Ra’am, which represents the Palestinians, to form a coalition government.
However, it is stated that it is difficult for the Israel Home and New Hope parties to agree to join the coalition of the Joint Arab List Bloc and Ra’am’s support.
Another option for the anti-Netanyahu front might be to attract Yamina and Religious Zionism from Netanyahu to their side, rather than parties representing Israeli citizens of Arabs. Against this scenario, it is noted that Religious Zionism does not lean towards taking part in a “left” alliance.
For all these reasons, comments are made that a new coalition crisis awaits Israel.